Chicken Dishes

Italian bangers and mash

Italian Bangers and Mash

Bangers and mash is a traditional British dish, but of course you’ll also find it in Irish and Scottish cuisine as well. In case you didn’t know, “bangers” are sausages and “mash” is mashed potatoes. Sometimes, the dish is smothered in a rich brown gravy. If you’ve ever ordered this dish in a London pub or seen pictures of it, it’s not the most appetizing plate of food and it tends to be pretty bland. Let’s be honest, it looks like a big pile of…you know.

So at the risk of offending all of my ancestors, I attempted a little Italian-English fusion last night. My concoction appeared on our dinner plates after I spent a half-hour staring at the time-to-shop-again contents of my fridge—smoked mozzarella chicken sausage, a 6-pound bag of Yukon Gold potatoes, and just the essentials in my pantry.

But with a little plating finesse and an Italian twist, you can have a tastier, upscale version of this traditional comfort fare.

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Spicy enchiladas, fresh guacamole

“Instant” Enchiladas and Fresh Guac

Rotisserie chicken is my secret to pulling together a comforting, cheesy, ooey-gooey meal in a pinch. This recipe for enchiladas is a basic go-to recipe of mine. Feel free to add to, subtract from, or experiment with this recipe as a launch point for your own creation. I love making these enchiladas spicy (well, I like almost everything spicy if I can) because the guacamole balances the heat with a cooling creamy goodness. The sky’s the limit!

“Instant” Pulled Chicken Enchiladas & Fresh Guacamole

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Baked Lemon Chicken, Tri-Color Angel Hair

New Year’s Diet Making You Hangry?

…I’ve got just the thing for that. If you’re like me (and the thousands of Americans) who suddenly felt the need to crash diet come January 1, you’re probably starting to lose willpower at this point, as your round-the-clock stomach pains have manifested into feelings of irritability and anger, making you lash out at people for no apparent reason. The truth this, I don’t like my hangry self, and neither do the other drivers on the road. So I devised a simple, satisfying dish that won’t wreak havoc of your FitBit calorie counter. I calculated an estimated 800 calories per plate, which isn’t terrible considering that this is a “treat” for us Resolution Dieters – baked chicken is better than fried, olive oil is a good fat for the heart, and you can substitute a healthier pasta option if you like (eg, veggie-fortified, spaghetti squash). And the best part is – it has a CARB and BUTTER.

Baked Parmesan Chicken With Lemony Tri-Color Angel Hair

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Spicy Sweet Tex-Mex Chicken Feast

A Sweet and Spicy Tex-Mex Weeknight Feast

If you’ve been following me for a while, you see that I almost always fry chicken or bake it with a ton of butter. The truth is that usually I despise grilled chicken – why not just chew on cardboard amirite? – but the way I grill chicken in this recipe creates a sweet and spicy caramelized crust that is to die for. Although a nice bean quesadilla and a mango salsa help to mellow out the intense spice in the chicken, I wouldn’t recommend this dish if you can’t stand the heat.

Caramelized Spicy Chicken With Mango Salsa and Refried Bean Quesadillas

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Butter chicken pinwheels with haricot vertes and lemon ricotta twice-baked potatoes.

Oh You Fancy Now? A Tasty, Elegant, and Budget-Friendly Dinner Party for 4

When I’m hosting friends for dinner, I try not to overthink a complicated menu. I strive for comfort food that is elegant but not fussy, and ingredients that yield good-size portions without breaking the bank. I’m fortunate to have a farmers’ market nearby, so I get all of my fresh vegetables for a fraction of the cost at the grocery store. That’s how I was able to pull of this meal for roughly $5 per person, and if you follow these steps, you’ll be done and ready to serve in an hour!

Crispy Butter Chicken Pinwheels with Roasted Haricot Vert and Twice-Baked Lemon Ricotta Potatoes

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Grown-up Spicy Chicken Fries

Grown-up Spicy Chicken Fries

Sometimes, when you just need to feel like a kid again, nothing does the trick better than chicken fingers and French fries. This recipe combines the two into one nostalgia-inducing snack, but add some spice and presentation, and you can pass it off as a classy appetizer. No judgment here. Everyone will love it.

Spicy Chicken Fries

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